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Bad Sugar Cane Harvest (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, White Castle, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-09

Duration: 00:06:40

Subjects: Agriculture | Sugarcane | Sugar factories | Cora Texas Manufacturing Co. | PLANTATIONS


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Gay, Andrew Interviewee
  • Gay, John Interviewee
  • Schudmak, Mel Interviewee


This segment from the November 9, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the bad sugar cane harvest facing farmers due to a December 1983 freeze and record rain in the days before the harvest. Ekings visits St. Louis Plantation near Plaquemine and the Cora Texas Sugar Mill in White Castle. She interviews: Andrew Gay, the owner of St. Louis Plantation; John Gay, harvest manager; and Mel Schudmak, the manager of the Cora Texas Sugar Mill. Host: Beth Courtney